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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:02 pm 
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Found this from Kona.

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1992
The Future Shock fork is introduced, a leading-link design by Joe Murray. In a very amicable agreement with Specialized, the name is changed to Z-Link. The fork is a total flop, is never safe to ride, and all stock is dumped into the Straight of San Juan de Fuca.


http://www.konaworld.com/about.cfm[/quote]


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My set back in 2007.

I sold them not long after. I have seen a handful of Ti P2's over the years since, but only one other example of this fork for sale.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:08 pm 
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Grockel wrote:
Found this from Kona.

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1992
The Future Shock fork is introduced, a leading-link design by Joe Murray. In a very amicable agreement with Specialized, the name is changed to Z-Link. The fork is a total flop, is never safe to ride, and all stock is dumped into the Straight of San Juan de Fuca.


http://www.konaworld.com/about.cfm


:lol: So what failed? The links? The shock?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:23 pm 
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Grockel wrote:
Found this from Kona.
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1992
The Future Shock fork is introduced, a leading-link design by Joe Murray. In a very amicable agreement with Specialized, the name is changed to Z-Link. The fork is a total flop, is never safe to ride, and all stock is dumped into the Straight of San Juan de Fuca.
http://www.konaworld.com/about.cfm

Note that by no means all of what appears in that timeline is accurate, nor even serious. Nor can they spell the word Strait.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:59 pm 
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Anthony wrote:
Grockel wrote:
Found this from Kona.
Quote:
1992
The Future Shock fork is introduced, a leading-link design by Joe Murray. In a very amicable agreement with Specialized, the name is changed to Z-Link. The fork is a total flop, is never safe to ride, and all stock is dumped into the Straight of San Juan de Fuca.
http://www.konaworld.com/about.cfm

Note that by no means all of what appears in that timeline is accurate, nor even serious. Nor can they spell the word Strait.
I guessed the Chucking in the sea was a joke. The fork though was a total flop and from what I Remember from articles back in the time it was thought of as rather dodgy at the best of times. As I believe it was Joe Murrays baby and he left at the back of 92 after this his absence meant no one else was willing to carry on with development of it.


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eshew wrote:
Certainly more rare than a ti P2 in my honest yet ignorant opinion.

The rarest of the rarest : a titanium Z-link fork :D




… Sorry, it's a joke :lol:

But I agree, they're quite rare.

How it works ? I've got quite the same system suspension fork (the ATZ) but the elastomers don't work directly but through a lever. So it's quite smooth.


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Looking at the design its basically 2 P2's bolted together, at the bottom with a little alloy link, at the top with a bracket and a suspension unit. The "fork" bits themselves are probably unlikely to fail. I would guess if there were to be any problems it would be in that little link near the dropouts or in that bracket at the top. The bottom link could be remade quite easily with a stronger version if you have someone with the right CNC skills and the top bracket could be remade as well.

I would LOVE a pair, I think they are the best looking boingy fork ever.


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